Sexy Topless Italian Heads To Pebble Beach For $13,000,000

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1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider - $13,000,000

One of the world’s most distinguished and valuable Ferrari classics will be offered at the annual Pebble Beach Auctions on August 16 and 17, 2019.

Boasting detailed and immaculate restoration, the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider is expected to fetch around $13,000,000.

In response to a lucrative and booming North American market, the exquisite Italian convertible was given the heads-up by Ferrari’s two most successful and influential dealers, Luigi Chinetti and John von Neumann.

The need for a stylish and almost elementary dual-purpose 250 GT convertible was eventually given the authoritative stamp of approval in late ’57’.

George M. Carrick, The Spyder California: A Ferrari of Particular Distinction:
“Officially, it is known as the Ferrari 250 Granturismo Spyder California; but, to those who have driven, ridden in or seen one speed by, it can only produce an all-encompassing feeling of respect for what must be recognized as the epitome of a classic open sports car – solid power with reliability and versatility, a convertible top, excellent road holding and handling, and a style that speaks for itself.”

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1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Interior

Carrozzeria Scaglietti

The end product was the extremely slick and desirable California Spider, a high-performance 250 GT with lines and stunning coachwork by none other than the illustrious Carrozzeria Scaglietti.

Directly aimed at Ferrari’s young and affluent American clientele, the 250 GT could be the snazzy ‘daily driver’ or superlative weekend race machine. Features of the impressive California Spider included a distinctive swept-back windscreen, bucket seats, lightweight folding rag-top and an uncomplicated yet stylish interior.

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1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

David Gooding:
“In the world of vintage Ferraris, most would agree that the 250 GT California Spider is in a class of its own.

“It is the quintessential open Ferrari, and this example exhibits highly desirable features including covered headlights, Classiche certification, numerous awards, and a unique and stunning colour scheme.”

106 California Spiders

Only 106 California Spiders were built between 1957 and 1963; 50 of which were the original long-wheelbase (LWB) version and another 56 of the final short-wheelbase (SWB) variant. Today, the model remains one of the most famous and desirable Ferraris ever produced – a mechanical object of exceptional beauty and sophistication that has long captured the interest of connoisseurs.

This particular car, chassis 1055 GT, is the 11th California Spider built and one of a select group originally finished with the attractive and highly desirable covered-headlamp treatment.

The car was delivered new to Luigi Chinetti Motors in 1959 and sold new to an attorney in Texas, this California Spider is among the few examples that raced in period, competing in SCCA events in Florida during 1962.

Dressed evocatively in the period colour of Grigio Vinovo with a seductive brown leather interior, the Italian classic has been victorious in a whole range of prestigious concours events including Platinum Award at the Cavallino Classic, the Luigi Chinetti Memorial Award at the FCA National Meeting, and a Third in Class award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®.

As expected the incredible Spider arrives with a detailed and correct handbook, Ferrari Classiche Red Book, a history report compiled by marque historian Marcel Massini, as well as an impressive file of documentation that traces the unique history of this special 250 GT.

1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider
1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

Pebble Beach Auction Results

Lots Sold Over $1 Million:
Lot 44 – 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider, sold for $9,905,000
Lot 145 – 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet, sold for $6,800,000
Lot 31 – 1975 Ferrari 312T, sold for $6,000,000
Lot 33 – 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT, sold for $3,600,000
Lot 17 – 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France, sold for $5,100,000
Lot 120 – 1939 Alfa Romeo Tipo 256 Coupe, sold for $2,755,000
Lot 26 – 1913 Isotta Fraschini Tipo IM, sold for $2,645,000
Lot 35 – 1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline, sold for $2,040,000
Lot 160 – 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS, sold for $1,765,000
Lot 46 – 1993 Porsche 964 Carrera RS 3.8, sold for $1,710,000
Lot 151 – 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe, sold for $1,600,000
Lot 157 – 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, sold for $1,572,500
Lot 141 – 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, sold for $1,435,000
Lot 13 – 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante, sold for $1,325,000
Lot 163 – 1941 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet A, sold for $1,297,500
Lot 39 – 1977 Porsche 934/5, sold for $1,187,500
Lot 115 – 1931 Studebaker Special Indy Car, sold for $1,105,000

New World Auction Records:
Lot 26 – 1913 Isotta Fraschini Tipo IM, sold for $2,645,000
Lot 115 – 1931 Studebaker Special Indy Car, sold for $1,105,000
Lot 10 – 1962 Porsche 356 B Super 90 ‘Twin Grille’ Roadster, sold for $610,000 (a world record for the model)
Lot 107 – 1938 Tatra T77A Limousine, sold for $412,000
Lot 118 – 1917 Chalmers Record Speedster, sold for $357,000

2019 Pebble Concours d’Elegance® Best of Show:
Winner: 1931 Bentley 8 Liter Gurney Nutting Sports Tourer
Owner: The Honorable Sir Michael Kadoorie

More information on the Gooding & Company’s 2019 Pebble Beach Auction can be found by visiting this link.

All images copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company.
Photos by Mathieu Heurtault.

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